LUXEMBURG, Rosa.

Nakoplenie Kapitala

(K voprosy ob ekonomicheskom obiasnenii imperializma). Perevod Sh. Dvolaitskogo pod red. N. Bukharina.

[Moscow]: Gosudarstvennoe izdatelstvo, 1921 Stock Code: 127114
£1,500.00

The first appearance of The Accumulation of Capital in Russian

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First edition in Russian of Luxemburg's most important work, translated from the original German (Akkumulation des Kapitals, 1913) by one of the few Russian Luxemburgist economists, Sholom Moiseevich Dvolaitskii. Born in Lithuania in 1893, he became a follower of Plekhanov in 1911 and was soon thereafter banished to Tomsk for revolutionary activity. After the October Revolution Dvolaitskii became a lecturer of economics at various Soviet universities and published some fifteen works during the 1920s. He was arrested and shot in 1937, a fate shared by the editor Bukharin the following year.

Rosa Luxemburg (1870-1919) was a socialist thinker and writer, one of the leaders of Polish and German Social Democracy, and an economist. In the period 1907-14, she lectured in political economy, then in economic history. Towards the end of that period, she elaborated her lecture notes to publish them in the form of a manual, but in view of the theoretical problems she encountered, the manuscript was left unfinished. These problems stemmed from her conviction that political economy found its peak and climax in Marx's works and that it could be developed by his followers only in details. Attempting to give an outline of the general tendencies of the capitalist economy, she could find no satisfactory answer in Marx to the question "what are the objective historical limits to capitalism?" Excited by her own hypothesis, she wrote over five hundred pages within four months, and turned it over to her publisher without even reading it; this was to be Die Akkumulation des Kapitals.

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Large octavo. Original printed buff paper wrappers, rebacked preserving the majority of the original spine, front wrapper expertly rehinged, uncut and unopened.

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Extremities chipped and nicked, bottom left corner of rear wrapper torn, two blue ink and pencil marks to title page, contents evenly browned, a very good copy.

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